1. Do you Yoodo?
  2. 2021 Baby Names: Auspicious Baby Names for your Newborn
  3. Free and Fun Ways to Broaden One’s Horizon While Staying At Home
  4. Shake Shack’s Success Story – What’s in a Brand?
  5. Coronavirus – How to travel safely in 2020
  6. World’s smelliest fruit could charge your mobile phone
  7. A Tip of Borneo Rendezvous
  8. Alpine Sport Climbing on Mount Kinabalu
  9. Romancing the Kinabatangan
  10. Taming the Tambuyukon
  11. Magical Mataking
  12. PR lessons from my Valentine’s Day disaster
  13. Weekend staycation at Celyn Resort Kinabalu
  14. Meet the new faces of Sabah’s female entrepreneurs
  15. Does sweat cause acne?
  16. 2020 Pantone Colour of the year
  17. List of Bubble Tea in Melaka- Where to find them?
  18. Umea Glam Kundasang, Ranau, Sabah
  19. Best Laksa in Kota Kinabalu
  20. Five-star Sheraton Hotel coming to Kota Kinabalu!
  21. Visit Sabah 2021
  23. How dirty is your carpet?
  24. Shake Shack Burgers Singapore @ Jewel Changi Airport
  25. Get tailored suits by a bespoke tailor
  26. Guoco Midtown GuocoLand
  27. Rivière Condo | Frasers Property | Jiak Kim Street
  28. Lane Crawford Joyce Group Giving StartUps Opportunity
  29. 13 Restaurants At Jewel Changi Airport To Dine At
  31. 7 Yoga Poses For A Good Stretch
  32. 2019 Oscar Winners List
  33. Do’s and Don’ts When Putting Up a Night at Someone’s Home
  34. Shows on Netflix to Binge Watch
  35. Top 10 Hostels in Kota Kinabalu
  36. Top 5 Rooftop Bars in Kota Kinabalu
  37. PayPal Malaysia Office Closing Down in April 2019
  38. Top 6 Spots to Watch Sunset in Kota Kinabalu
  39. Valentine’s Day in Kota Kinabalu 2019
  40. Toojou Social Hostel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  41. Normanton Park Singapore, New Launch by Kingsford Developer
  42. Top Diving Spots in Asia
  43. Cabana Retreat in Sabah, Malaysia
  44. What is the role of a Company Secretary In Singapore ?
  45. Child Myopia in Singapore | Causes & Treatment
  46. The Hidden Beauties of Malaysia- Sky Mirror
  47. How to find the Best BNI Chapter in Singapore?
  48. What’s it like to join BNI in Singapore
  49. Auspicious and Lucky Colors for Each Zodiac Sign in 2019
  50. Sharetea Is Finally In Kota Kinabalu!
  51. Where to have Christmas Dinner in Kota Kinabalu
  52. Your local guide to Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu
  53. Brown Sugar Bubble Tea Taking Over Hong Kong
  54. Gifts Under RM50 to Buy For Your Colleagues
  55. 5 Department Stores You’ve Probably Never Heard of
  56. New Year’s Resolutions 2019
  57. Have Winederful Christmas and New Year with Winecellars!
  58. Mythz & Myths Restaurant and Bar
  59. Riuh By The River @ River Of Life
  60. Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari Themed Cafe @ Dempsey
  61. Super Ono Poké Bowl @ Plaza 333, Kota Kinabalu
  62. Artbox Malaysia @ Sunway City, Kuala Lumpur
  63. I tried the boiled egg diet and this is my result
  64. Safe diets to lose up to 10kg in 2 weeks
  65. Halal Bubble Tea Singapore- TP Tea 茶湯會
  66. List of Bubble Tea Stores in Kota Kinabalu
  67. Public Holidays And Long Weekends in 2019 Singapore
  68. Johor Bahru’s Capital 21 Mall with Largest Indoor Theme Park in Asia
  69. Why you should visit Sabah in 2019
  70. Miss Grand Malaysia, Debra Jeanne Poh to represent Malaysia in Miss Grand International
  71. Domino’s Pizza Sabah Expectations vs. Reality
  72. Domino’s KK Sabah is here!
  73. Top Green Tea Latte/ Matcha in KK, Sabah
  74. Looking for a Beelik in Borneo?
  75. Oasis Succulent KK- Coffee, Cakes and Greens.
  76. Why are these Crazy Rich Asians so familiar?
  77. 2018 Netflix Original Movies To Watch If You Have Time To Kill
  78. Is “lazy” your middle name?
  79. The Meg Review
  80. Know your melons for it is Melon Day today!
  81. What to do in KL in 48 hours
  82. Dear KK Drivers
  83. Test your flag knowledge
  84. Are You A Cat Lady?
  85. Riuh In The City!
  86. Kota Kinabalu City Mosque To Lift Tourist Ban Effective August 1
  87. Take This Quiz To Find Out How Well You Know These Superheroes
  88. We know all the Disney Princesses, what about the PRINCES?
  89. Don’t Call Yourself A We Bare Bears Fan If You Can’t Score In This Quiz!
  90. Eatomo Food Co, great poke bowl for a great value!
  91. What to do on a weekend without burning a hole in your pocket?
  92. Cafes in Kota Kinabalu You can Work at- Conducive with Wifi
  93. Wild Sheep Chase Cafe @ Taman Desa, KL
  94. Lane Crawford Joyce Group
  95. Mixology Cafe, KK
  96. What lack of sleep does to you.
  97. Best nuggets in KK
  98. Stop Sucking
  99. MUAH Kota Kinabalu
  100. List of Ramadhan Bazaars in Kota Kinabalu
  101. How to enhance your Ramadhan Bazaar experience
  102. In A Bowl Kota Kinabalu
  103. Chinese New Year goodies, Chinese New Year fatties.
  104. ‘You are not my friend’- Kim Cattrall to Sarah Jessica Parker
  105. What’s Valentine’s Day to me.
  106. Travel smart, light and safe
  107. Kylie Jenner has given birth!
  108. Super Blue Blood Moon 2018
  109. Lucky Manicure Designs According To Your Zodiac Signs
  110. Mascaras to EYE for

It’s the first quarter of the new year, you’re probably thinking of traveling somewhere.

Of course, you’d like to travel somewhere nice but with a lower budget, so you don’t burn a hole in your pocket so early in the year.

Here are a few tips and tricks you can consider taking while planning your vacation.

Book your tickets at least 6 weeks ahead

If you have the dates confirmed for your trip, try to book your flight tickets at least 6 weeks in advance for cheaper and affordable rates.

Fun tip: Did you know, checking your ticket on a Tuesday and Wednesday is much cheaper than when you check them on weekends. Also, traveling on Tuesdays through Thursdays are much cheaper too. Don’t forget, go to Incognito Mode whenever you’re checking your tickets.

Packing the essentials

Now that you’re done with the booking, the day of your vacation is drawing near. You’ll have the urge to pack everything you don’t need with you- including clothes you’ve never worn in years (and will never wear), unnecessary makeup, 3 different shoes, 4 different bags, etc. Trust me, you won’t even wear half the stuff you packed.

Before you start packing, think whether you have check-in luggage, and how much space your luggage has. Pre-plan your outfits before you start packing, which means you get to hold a mini private fashion show in your room.

Girls, I know you have tons of skincare and makeup and hair stuff to pack with you, and they are not at all light to carry. Instead of packing the full-size products, if you have smaller bottles or samples from the products, pack those instead. Otherwise, you can always head over to Daiso and buy the travel-size bottles and fill them up.

If you have both carry-on and check-in luggage, pack extra clothes and essentials such as medicines, phone and battery charger, in your carry-on. This is a precaution in case your check-in luggage is delayed or missing.

Fun tip: Pack an extension cord with you. This way, you can charge multiple devices at the same time with one adapter if your hotel does not have a lot of powerpoint.

Learn and respect the culture

Remember, you’re visiting someone else’s country. There’ll definitely be culture shock and different values that are new to you.

Learn a few phrases in their local language such as “Hello”, “Thank you”, “Please”,”Sorry”,”Where’s food”, and whatever you think is useful. The latter is very important to me because… FOOD!

Do up a research of the country’s local tradition and what’s considered to be rude or disrespectful. Remember, whenever visiting someone’s country, do not condescend them. You don’t want to end up like these tourists.

Money, money, money

Exchange your currency ahead, sometimes the money exchange runs out of the currency you’re looking for. Don’t wait until the very last minute. The big question is always “How much should I exchange?”

Ask yourself this:

How long will I be traveling for? A week? 3 days? Does the country accept card conveniently? What is the cost of food there? Do I need to spend a lot on transportation? Will I be doing a lot of shopping?

Let’s say you’ll be traveling for 5 days, and that country accepts card nationwide, the food is moderately priced, you don’t need to access around by taxis, and you don’t intend to do massive shopping. Then you don’t need to exchange A LOT of money for this trip. My rule of thumb is, cash is used for food and transportation. Whatever additional shopping will be paid via credit/debit card.

Which brings us to the next important point. ALWAYS remember to call your bank a day or two before your travel date. Inform them about your traveling overseas and request for permission to use your cards abroad. Also, ask for a limit so you don’t overspend all your life savings in one trip.

Be safe, be vigilant!


You can never be TOO SAFE or TOO CAREFUL, but at least try to make an effort to be wary and alert to your surroundings when traveling. Pickpockets are everywhere in the world and they can definitely sense a tourist from a mile away. Don’t be a target for them.

Gentlemen, it is a habit that most of you place your wallet in the back pocket of your jeans or pants. Please be mindful that this is the easiest way a pickpocket can stealthily steal your wallet without you noticing. Place your wallet somewhere you can easily notice if it’s being touched or better yet, use a fanny-pack. Now, now. We know a fanny-pack isn’t the most stylish accessory to date, however, there are fanny-packs out there that are worn inside of your clothes and you can barely see them. It may be uncomfortable and troublesome but hey, at least you don’t lose all your money and cards and passport in one go.

That goes without saying that you shouldn’t place all your money in one wallet/handbag. Separate your money into a few different places, if you’re traveling with your partner, split the money with them.

We know that you’re excited about your vacation and want to share it with everyone you know, or don’t know, on social media. However, sharing too much can be a bit too dangerous. Do you live alone? Or with your family? Will your house be empty when you’re traveling? Sharing your trip on social media is giving out information to predators who are waiting to seize an opportunity to burglarize your house. Burglars will now know that you won’t be around and your house will be empty for a few days.

It is safer if you post those vacay pics when you return from your trip. Also, when you’re traveling, make sure you inform someone you can entirely trust, a family member or a close friend, about your whereabouts and when you’ll be returning. Let them know your flight information and which hotel you’ll be staying in throughout your vacation. That way, they know where to look for you if anything happens, and they’ll also have a peace of mind.

Let loose and have fun!

What’s traveling after all right? Besides learning about a different country and their culture, traveling should be about relaxing and having fun. So let your worries dissolve into the air of the destination you’re headed to and absorb all the new experience in your life.

Travel all you can while you still can, be it near or far. It doesn’t need to be fancy!

So what are you waiting for, start looking at flight tickets and book your next vacation!





Tags: , , , , ,
Addicted to traveling. Has visited more than 2 countries.

Related Article


Leave a Comment